By Ed Harris
The YMCA Skate Park is open for the summer and there is the opportunity for free skateboarding lessons.
The skate park has been in existence since 1998 and has grown in popularity through the years.
“There is no other place in town to skate legally,” said Camp Sloper Director Mark Pooler.
Pooler said that the skate park averages about 20 skaters every day that it is open.
The spring hours for the Skate Park are: Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-6: p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
Again this year, the YMCA Skate Park will offer free skateboarding lessons to anyone interested in getting on a board for the first time. The free skateboarding lessons will run during open hours on Saturdays from 1-2:30 p.m. The decision to introduce free skateboarding lessons is part of the overall goal of the YMCA Skate Park: to be the perfect place to learn to skate.
Helmets are required for all skaters, and there is staff present during all open hours to ensure that every skater is following this safety policy. Additional padding is recommended to maximize safety.
All skaters must have a 2013 waiver form signed by a parent/guardian on file in order to skate, unless they are 18 years old or over.
“We are open to the public,” Pooler said. “You just have to be a Southington resident.”
If the skaters aren’t local residents they must be members of the Southington and Cheshire YMCAs and in third grade or older. Parents must accompany all third and fourth graders during their time in the YMCA Skate Park.
If you have any questions regarding the YMCA Skate Park please contact Shane Altwies, Outdoor Center Program Director, by phone at (860) 621-8194 x308 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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